Paolo Tofani, guitarist extraordinaire from Florence and a member of Area , also released some records for Cramps as Electric Frankenstein and under his real name.
He started his professional career in the early 60's with Samurai, also playing abroad with them, then he joined I Califfi, leaving them probably around the end of 1970 to move to London, where he played as a solo artist and recorded some tracks in his home studio. He was then offered to join Area and relocated to Italy in 1973.
The chance to release a solo album came in 1976, when Cramps issued an LP with his London recordings from around 1971 under the name Electric Frankenstein. The LP, a guitar extravaganza with long spacey guitar solos by Tofani and all the instruments played by himself, the album will appeal to acid-psych lovers rather than prog fans. Mostly instrumental with vocal parts in English, the album contained some reworkings of his previous works with I Califfi and two tracks were also released on single some years before the LP.
Tofani also released another solo album in 1977, Indicazioni,
a more experimental work based on guitar with large use of electronics, before entering a Hare Krishna community. With another Krishna devotee Claudio
Rocchi, he has released an album in 1980, Un gusto superiore, on the
The Complete Florence/London sessions 1966/73 CD, issued in 2007, contains rare and unreleased recordings by Tofani, starting with some 1966 songs (issued by the Net label under the nickname Danny), and including then his later home-studio tapes from Florence and London.
|Electric Frankenstein (What me worry?)||Cramps (CRSLP 2001)||1976||single cover|
|Cramps (5202 001)||1978||as above|
|Cramps (5202 001)||1991||new reissue with Artis distribution|
|Akarma (AK 1005)||2000||as above|
|Akarma (AK 399)||2011||as above|
|Electric Frankenstein (What me worry?)||Cramps (CRSCD 015)||1991||reissue of 1976 album|
|Akarma (AK 1005)||2000||as above|
|Edel (CRA 0139092)||2002||as above - digipack cover|
SINGLES (with picture sleeve)
land of the magic wizard
|Cramps (CRSNP 1702)||1973||both tracks also on Electric Frankenstein|
|Indicazioni||Cramps (CRSLP 6208)||1977||single cover with inner|
|Rock and roll exhibition||Cramps (5205 901)||1979||with Mauro Pagani and Demetrio Stratos - single cover with inner|
|Akarma (AK 1016)||2001||as above|
|Rock and roll exhibition||Cramps (CRSCD 010)||1994||reissue of 1979 album - now deleted|
|Akarma (AK 1016)||1999||as above with mini gatefold cover|
|The complete Florence/London sessions 1966/73||Beat.it (BT 302)||2007||compilation of unreleased recordings made between 1966 and 1973|
Rather common until mid 90's, Electric Frankenstein album
has recently become expensive and less easy to find.
It has a single cover and two different issues of the Cramps LP exist, with different numbers, see above for details. The album was newly reissued in the early 90's when the Cramps brand was acquired by Artis.
No counterfeits exist, nor foreign issues.
The 2007 CD The complete Florence/London sessions, credited to "Paolo Tofani a.k.a. Electric Frankenstein", contains 19 unreleased recordings made, as the title suggests, in Italy and England between 1966 and 1973, including some tracks from the Electric Frankenstein album period.
Electric Frankenstein - LP
Electric FrankensteinThe land of the magic wizard - 7" single cover
Paolo Tofani/Indicazioni - LP
|Paolo Tofani/The complete Florence-London sessions 1966-1973 - CD|
Paolo Tofani has a website which includes information on his past musical career, www.paolotofani.com and a MySpace page, www.myspace.com/tofanipaolo
Thanks to Ubaldo (Franco) Cibei for information